This is beyond dangerous thinking. He should be removed from office for this statement alone. Testing and contact tracing are the only measures we have of mitigation before, or if, a vaccine is found. By attempting to hide the true numbers, Trump is going to get hundreds of thousands more needlessly killed.
Donald Trump has told supporters at his rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma that he asked for the rate of coronavirus testing to be slowed down because there were so many positive cases being found in the United States.
Repeating a point he has previously made, he suggested that the reason the US is leading the world in the number of infections and deaths is because so much testing has been done.
He said: “Testing is a double-edged sword. We’ve tested now 25 million people. It’s probably 20 million people more than anybody else. Germany’s done a lot, South Korea’s done a lot – they call me and say ‘The job you’re doing …’.
“Here’s the bad part: when you do testing to that extent, you’re going to find more people, you’re going to find more cases. So I said to my people, slow the testing down please.”
The US has at least 2.2 million confirmed cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and at least 119,000 deaths.